1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
After months of reading glowing reviews, and two failed attempts to see it at the cinema, I finally got to watch it on the big screen and boy was it worth the wait. I was worried I had unrealistic expectations but the film more than met them. The movie is part Game of Death and part final level of computer game Streets of Rage 2 but with added guns, machetes and broken limbs.
Merantau Warrior proved that both director Gareth Evans and martial arts star, Iko Uwais, had great potential and we only had to wait one more film for that potential to be realised. The Raid is a proper balls-to-the-wall action film jam packed with bone crunching and innovative…
Perfect breakneck action!
Powerful, fast, spectacular, violent. The Raid is a great action movie with an essential structure that make its characters seamlessly go up and down in the house of death, where everyone (!) is an expert of martial art. Can you ask something more? No, and the problem with the film is exactly this: that would have been enough. Instead, it tries to contextualise the action too much, bringing in corruption, politics, loyalty to the state, ecc. There's nothing wrong in doing that, unfortunately everything it's a bit superficial, and it feels unnecessary most of the time. Better focus on the amazing fighting sequences, beautifully choreographed and also very well shot.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Strike team gets dispatched to huge apartment building full of BAD GUYS and seemingly hundreds of people get shot/macheted/martial arts'd. Strike team has a guy in it who has a brother in the tower and they beat up the scuzzy martial arts champion of the building. The end.
I've seen this getting praised for years now as one of the best action films of recent memory, and finally got around to watching it after mistakenly thinking Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) was in these instead of that. Anyway, the aesthetic of this REALLY turned me off. It's all very gray and gritty and most of the violence is punctuated with really bone-crunching effects and kills. While I get this is the bulk…
Dang, so this is what escort the white guy missions look like overseas. What gets me good is that half the people don't even have TV's but all make an effort to keep well stocked on the exact same machete so nobody gets to feel special or left out. Gotta keep on top of their gardening in that tower block when there's a sale on lethal weapons at the store.
I think I felt more fatigued than the actual actors taking in all that action, huge respect to them because I can imagine going through the motions of learning that level/length of combat choreography must have been absolutely grueling.
Goddamn what a thrill ride, this is how action should be done. Garett Evans thank you! Though I will say the plot is not that great. And maybe the god awful dubbed version may have ruined my expierance a little bit. Do yourself a favour and just avoid the dubbed version.
must watch for the action
don't raid me bro
Somehow managed to be entertaining despite both the horrid dub and mediocre plot and twists. There were SOME very tense, believable fights throughout, but there were also a great many fights that felt like total bullshit.
When you walk into a room with like 4 people in it and kill 10 or 11 people before leaving there is something wrong. Also when you beat a man into the ground, kick him in the face, and even lodge glass into his neck he shouldn't still be moving like nothing ever happened.
Many camera angles and shots felt super amateur, I actually wondered if I had accidentally torrented a porno on accident in the beginning, it felt so rigid and badly made.
Aside from a select few of the fights, The Raid is an unbelievable (as in it isn't believable) tangent of fisticuffs and blue tint.
They need to make more balls-to-the-wall action films like this.
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